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    Burkina Faso Geography - 2002

      Location Western Africa, north of Ghana

      Geographic coordinates 13 00 N, 2 00 W

      Map references Africa

      total: 274,200 sq km
      water: 400 sq km
      land: 273,800 sq km

      Area - comparative slightly larger than Colorado

      Land boundaries
      total: 3,193 km
      border countries: Benin 306 km, Cote d'Ivoire 584 km, Ghana 549 km, Mali 1,000 km, Niger 628 km, Togo 126 km

      Coastline 0 km (landlocked)

      Maritime claims none (landlocked)

      Climate tropical; warm, dry winters; hot, wet summers

      Terrain mostly flat to dissected, undulating plains; hills in west and southeast

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Mouhoun (Black Volta) River 200 m
      highest point: Tena Kourou 749 m

      Natural resources manganese, limestone, marble; small deposits of gold, antimony, copper, nickel, bauxite, lead, phosphates, zinc, silver

      Land use
      arable land: 13%
      permanent crops: 0%
      other: 87% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land 250 sq km (1998 est.)

      Natural hazards recurring droughts

      Environment - current issues recent droughts and desertification severely affecting agricultural activities, population distribution, and the economy; overgrazing; soil degradation; deforestation

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea, Nuclear Test Ban

      Geography - note landlocked savanna cut by the three principal rivers of the Black, Red, and White Voltas

      NOTE: The information regarding Burkina Faso on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Burkina Faso Geography 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Burkina Faso Geography 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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